WRC - Gronholm strolls to the title

Marcus Gronholm took the World Rally Championship by storm this year, winning five events and outscoring his nearest opponent by 40 points on his way to winning his second title

WRC - Gronholm strolls to the title

If it all looked too easy, that was hardly the fault of Gronholm. Peugeot produced a car far superior to any other, and few of the Finn's rivals were able to mount a sustained championship challenge.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the year came from the fact that 2001 world champion Richard Burns failed to win a rally, despite also driving for the Peugeot team. The Briton did outpace Gronholm on several events, but a combination of bad luck and unforced errors left him only fifth in the final standings.

Subaru star Petter Solberg finished runner-up in the championship standings. The Norwegian was the biggest threat to the Peugeot's for most of the season, and scored a breakthrough victory on the Rally of Great Britain.

Colin McRae won two events, but his Ford Focus was unable to match the pace of the 206. The Scot's team-mate Carlos Sainz was a model of consistency, and his calm approach netted third in the championship.

Peugeot's asphalt ace Gilles Panizzi won three events, all on tarmac. Sebastien Loeb won the Rallye Deutschland for Citroen, and four-time world champion Tommi Makinen triumphed in Monte Carlo.


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